Our own King of the Number Munchers aka Gabe aka Hawerchuk put together a list of teams who have had the largest disparity between their home and road records since the lock out. This list combined with recent chatter about which of the Jet's records (home or away) is a better reflection of team talent left me curious.
Curiosity got the best of me, so I had to look at their records the following year. Here is the list of teams with the most extreme home / away differentials. On the left is where they finished in the standings the year of the differential and on the right is where they finished the following year.
Toronto 90 pts, 9th in E → 91 pts, 9th in E
Florida 85 pts, 11th in E → 86 pts,12th in E
Calgary 103 pts, 3rd in W → 96 pts, 8th in W
Nashville 106 pts, 4th in W → 110 pts, 4th in W
Vancouver 92 pts, 9th in W → 105 pts, 3rd in W
Montreal 90 pts, 10th in E → 104 pts 1st in E
Detroit 113 pts, 1st in W → 115 pts 1st in W
Minnesota 103 pts, 7th in W → 98 pts 3rd in W
Calgary 96 pts, 8th in W → 94 pts 7th in W
San Jose 117 pts, 1st in W → 113 pts, 1st in W
NY Islanders 79 pts, 13th in E → 73 pts, 14th in E
Vancouver 103 pts, 3rd in W → 117 pts, 1st in W
Anaheim 89 pts, 11th in W → 99 pts, 4th in W
Minnesota 84 pts, 13th in W → 86 pts, 12th in W
Columbus 79 pts, 14th in W → 81 pts, 13th in W
Winnipeg → ?
Washington → ?
St. Louis → ?
Detroit → ?
Chicago → ?
I think the results are quite interesting. It doesn’t appear that the home versus road record has a major impact on future success. Most teams did a little better and a few did substantially better. None appear to have tanked in a major way.
Did these teams “learn to win on the road” and forget how to win at home?
Is the fact that most of the teams trended upwards is a good sign for the Jets going into next season?